The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine – 1 Samuel 17:37a NIV.
There is a sci-fi movie called Alien vs Predator (AVP), it is one of my all-time favorite movies. The predators are a warrior nation that take pride in their battle experience. Their initiation as warriors is to participate in a deadly battle with the aliens. The aliens are a formidable foe and most of the predators don’t survive the battle. Those that do receive a scar that is a badge of honor. The more scars you have the more respected you are.
Like AVP, Christianity is always about meeting very formidable foes that are out to destroy you. During each battle, aka trial, we have to soldier on and fight for our lives. Every trial is a test of character and with every victory, though we may come out bruised and battered, we are always stronger and wiser afterwards. Every battle leaves a scar that is a badge of honor. It’s like the Hunger Games, we are literally fighting for our lives and heaven is cheering us on. It’s like Gladiator and the audience is cheering and the evil emperor (devil) is busy devising schemes to try to destroy us. Though hard-pressed we are never crushed (2 Corinthians 4:8).
David was a warrior who had many battle scars that added to his confidence. He went through the lion and the bear and was now facing another foe that was also going to be added to his collection of tattoos/scars. As Christians every battle is maturing and preparing us for future battles. We have to face small foes and grow our strength and discipline for bigger ones. All this is preparation for our battle against an ultimate foe (e.g. Jiren). As heaven cheers us on let us be battle ready and put on our full armor and like Maui receive our deserved battle scars. When the day comes and we are presented to our Father we will boast about these scars we received while fighting a good fight of faith. Though the pain and suffering might seem unbearable, it can’t and will not compare to the prize we will receive.
Every trial is a test of character and with every victory we are always stronger and wiser afterwards